Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The HA within our bodies holds a thousand times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin and joints, but also to prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air. Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid also has anti-oxidant properties which reduce UV-mediated skin damage.
Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in
our bodies decreases as we get older. There are, however, ways to help stimulate
production of HA in our bodies. When applied topically, it is a powerful moisture
binding agent, enhancing skin hydration to produce plumper smoother skin,
reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is a product that benefits everyone, including
those with oily or dry skin.
When used in skin care products like creams and serums, hyaluronic acid brings
moisture to the surface of your skin. HA is present in our Elta MD Replenish and EltaMD Clear sunblocks, and in a multitude of our Biologique Recherche serums, creams and replenishing masks including the Serums Biosensible and Silk Plus, Masques Visolastine and VIP O2 and Crème VG Derm.
Hyaluronic acid fillers – a gel form of HA - are also popular amongst our patients
to add volume to the dermal layer of the skin. They can be used to augment
cheeks to restore youthful fullness, to smooth fine lines and deep creases,
decrease shadows, plum lips and even out skin tone around indented chicken
pox or acne scarring. Since hyaluronic acid is something our bodies already
produce, it's considered safer than other injectable fillers as it rarely causes allergic reactions and can be dissolved by its antidote hyaluronidase.

If you would like to find out more or book a consultation please call us on (01) 912
3030 or email us at info@instituteofdermatologists.ie.